On Saturday, the International America's Cup Class will make its competitive debut in the IACC World Championships to be sailed in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.
The championships, a prelude to the 28th America's Cup competition in 1992, has drawn a field of nine boats from six countries.
The United States, Italy, France, Japan, New Zealand and Spain all have entries in the championships, which are a combination of fleet and match races.
Spain, a first time entrant, will sail a New Zealand boat.
Saturday and Sunday, the 75-foot sloops will sail a practice regatta, followed by five fleet races May 4-8. The top four boats racing semifinals May 10 and the final May 11.
The May 11 race will be televised live by ESPN.
The America-3 syndicate and the Italian Il Moro de Venezia syndicate have entered two boats each.
The Maryland Dogwood Classic mountain-bike race will be held Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County at 11 a.m. next Sunday. Registration for the 15-mile race will begin at noon Saturday.
Advance registration, which must be postmarked before May 1, is $15. Later registration will cost $17.
Cash and prizes will be awarded.
:. For more information, call (301) 777-2345.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer has accepted proposals for operations at six state parks from volunteer groups. The parks are Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, Tuckahoe, Janes Island, Susquehanna, New Germany and Gambrill.
All but Susquehanna are now open. Susquehanna is scheduled to open its Rock Run area May 25.
Twelve state parks had been ordered closed until July 1 because of budget constraints.
Campgrounds at Rocky Gap, Deep Creek Lake, Cunningham Falls (Houck area), Greenbrier, Point Lookout, Assateague, Pocomoke River, Martinak and Elk Neck state parks opened March 27.
A Park Watch program will be initiated in all of Maryland's 47 state parks and forests this summer. A park watch is similar to the Neighborhood Watch programs.
Park visitors will be asked to report violations of park regulations, as well as any criminal or suspicious activities, vandalism or unsafe actions.
A toll-free telephone number, (800) 825-PARK, will be monitored 24 hours a day.
The first flounder of the year have been caught in the Thoroughfare and behind Assateague Island, and, with the weather improving, catches should continue in the back bays and inlets. Flounder again are subject to a 13-inch minimum size. . . . Effective tomorrow a creel limit of 10 bluefish per angler per day will be enforced in Maryland waters.